Is There A Such Thing As At Home Cake Consultant?

Business By KMKakes Updated 8 Sep 2010 , 12:13pm by leepat

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KMKakes Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 9:34pm
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In my state we cannot legally charge for cakes baked out of our home kitchens. Yet, many individuals to which I have met in cake decorating classes, sell to regular clients (and no, they are not just family and close friends to whom they are selling to). I was told that you could call yourself a cake consultant to cover yourself from the law. I want to start my cake decorating business out the right way of the which I do have individuals asking me to make some of their cakes. Renting a facility from a local restaurant and church has proved itself to cost more each time than the 3x per month cakes I'll start out making.

Also, what does a cake consultant do to qualify for that particular position?


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Yankie Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 9:58pm
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Not sure about the title "cake consultant" but I do know that you will get in trouble if you proceed to sell cakes without being lisenced. If someone gets sick from eating one of your cakes How are you gonna cover yourself from the law if they decide they want to sued you?

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Vkandis Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 10:17pm
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Food laws are not based on what you all yourself. They prohibit the baking of food products from home. If it was this easy to skirt food laws everyone would just call themselves an artist.

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jason_kraft Posted 1 Sep 2010 , 10:55pm
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You might be OK if you helped the customer bake the cake in their own kitchen, but a business that operates like a bakery is still a bakery in the eyes of the law, no matter what it calls itself.

In fact, knowingly trying to circumvent the law by mislabeling your business is a prime example of operating in bad faith, and it could potentially lead to greater penalties down the road than if you had just called yourself a bakery.

How much are you paying in rental fees? It shouldn't be much more than $20-30/hour.

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KMKakes Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 4:22pm
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Thanks everyone for your post.

I haven't started renting I am still trying to learn the legal ins and outs of everything. Some quotes though that I have received was easily $50- $75 for 1 1/2 -2 hours.

Regarding the cake consultant issue. I wasn't sure if this was legit. Yet since it seems to be so common, I have been trying to inquire why and how so many at home bakers are calling themselves by this title. I am new to the cake decorating/business of things. My husband and I have declared that it is better to start right and with quality than to be caught slipping with the law (or if the competition decides to weed out some competition as well). In the long run it will be a peaceful night sleep knowing that for the most part all of our ducks are in a row.

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jason_kraft Posted 2 Sep 2010 , 5:08pm
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Not sure if it's in your area, but there is an incubator kitchen in Sheffield, AL you may want to check out.

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cylstrial Posted 8 Sep 2010 , 11:59am
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I have never heard of a cake consultant. It's news to me. =o)

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leepat Posted 8 Sep 2010 , 12:13pm
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Cake consultant????? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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